Eurovision Song Contest 1961
|Eurovision Song Contest 1961|
|Final||18 March 1961|
|Venue||Palais des Festivals et des Congrès|
|Directed by||Marcel Cravenne|
|Host broadcaster||Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française (RTF)|
|Interval act||Tessa Beaumont and Max Bozzoni|
|Number of entries||16|
|Voting system||Ten-member juries distributed 10 points among their favourite songs.|
|Winning song|| Luxembourg|
"Nous les amoureux"
The Eurovision Song Contest 1961 was the 6th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Cannes, France, following Jacqueline Boyer's win at the 1960 contest in London, United Kingdom with the song "Tom Pillibi". It was the second time that France had hosted the contest; the first being in 1959 - also in Cannes. The contest was held at Palais des Festivals et des Congrès on 18 March 1961 and was the first to take place on a Saturday night, a tradition that has continued into modern times. The show was hosted by Jacqueline Joubert.
The winner was Luxembourg with the song "Nous les amoureux", performed by Jean-Claude Pascal, written by Maurice Vidalin, and composed by Jacques Datin. This was Luxembourg's first victory in the contest, with the United Kingdom finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.
As the contest overran its allocated time, and the show was being broadcast live, the winning song's reprise was not shown in the UK.
The event took place in Cannes, France, with the venue being the original building of Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, after France got the right to host this edition of the Eurovision Song Contest for winning its previous 1960 edition with the song "Tom Pillibi" performed by Jacqueline Boyer. Cannes, a city located on the French Riviera, is a busy tourist destination and known worldwide for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival, with the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès also hosting the Film Festival. The original building was built in 1949 and was located on the boulevard of Promenade de la Croisette, on the present site of the JW Marriott Cannes. It also hosted the 1959 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Jacqueline Joubert presented the show, having already done so two years earlier in 1959. The stage used for the 1961 Contest was notably larger than in previous years and was decorated with flowers. It is noticeable that during the voting, Luxembourg gave the UK 8 points, and Norway also gave Denmark 8 points. It was the largest amount of points given to a country by a single jury since 1958, when Denmark provided France with 9 points. Such a high number of points obtained by a country wouldn't be achieved until 1970, when Ireland would receive 9 points from Belgium. Both France and Ireland won in the mentioned contest.
A total of sixteen countries took part in the Contest, including the three debuting countries: Finland, Spain, and Yugoslavia. There were no returning or withdrawing countries this particular year.
- Spain - Rafael Ferrer
- Monaco - Raymond Lefevre
- Austria - Franck Pourcel
- Finland - George de Godzinsky
- Yugoslavia - Joze Privzek
- Netherlands - Dolf van der Linden
- Sweden - William Lind
- Germany - Franck Pourcel
- France - Franck Pourcel
- Switzerland - Fernando Paggi
- Belgium - Francis Bay
- Norway - Øivind Bergh
- Denmark - Kai Mortensen
- Luxembourg - Léo Chauliac
- United Kingdom - Harry Robinson
- Italy - Gianfranco Intra
The contest saw the return of two artists this year with the Belgian representative, Bob Benny, who previously participated in the 1959 contest; and Nora Brockstedt, who performed for Norway in 1960.
Each country had 10 jury members who each awarded 1 point to their favourite song.
International broadcasts and voting
The table below shows the order in which votes were cast during the 1961 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. Details of the commentators and the broadcasting station for which they represented are also included in the table below.
Voting and spokespersons
- Italy - Enzo Tortora
- United Kingdom - Michael Aspel
- Luxembourg - TBC
- Denmark - Ole Mortensen
- Norway - Mette Janson
- Belgium - Ward Bogaert
- Switzerland - Boris Acquadro
- France - Armand Lanoux
- Germany - Heinz Schenk
- Sweden - Roland Eiworth
- Netherlands - Siebe van der Zee
- Yugoslavia - TBC
- Finland - Poppe Berg
- Austria - Emil Kollpacher
- Monaco - TBC
- Spain - Diego Ramírez Pastor
All the juries (apart from Austria and the United Kingdom) announced their votes in French.
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